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Wednesday, April 16, 2003

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Laptop Sales Lift Apple Earnings
by Ian Fried, CNET
Buoyed by strong laptop sales, Apple Computer on Wednesday posted second-quarter earnings and sales that narrowly topped analysts' estimates.

Vivendi Director Confirms Apple Interest In Universal
by Tony Smith, The Register
Vivendi Universal has confirmed Apple's interest in buying its Universal Music Group (UMG) subsidiary, but it isn't the only potential bidder and it may have to cough up more cash if it wants the acquisition to succeed.


A Look At Apple's Second Quarter Unit Sales
by Peter Cohen, MacCentral
A breakdown of the numbers shows bad news for some products, but good news for others, especially on the PowerBook front.

Apple Prepares To Open First Washington Store
by Cydney Gillis, King County Journal
Apple Computer Inc. promises a spectacle of giveaways and long lines next month when it opens its first Washington store at Bellevue Square.

Resellers Get Back To The Mac
by Ian Fried, CNET
After earlier balking at a new contract, several of Apple Computer's key resellers have inked deals to continue selling Apple gear. Among the holdouts that have reached a pact with Apple are Dell Computer and regional computer sellers Fry?s Electronics and Micro Center, according to a source familiar with the situation.

Apple Denies It Bid For Record Label
by Ian Fried, CNET
Countering speculation that it is close to buying Vivendi Universal's record label, Apple Computer said Wednesday that it has never offered to make such an investment or purchase.

Apple Set To Issue Q2 Results
by David B. Wilkerson, CBS MarketWatch
A possible purchase of the world's largest music empire will be one of the main items investors expect to be covered after Apple Computer announces its fiscal second-quarter earnings results on Wednesday after the market closes.


Poll: Do We Need A Tablet Mac?
by Alison Turner, Macworld UK

Mac Myths And The Apple Challenge
by Stephen Van Esch, Low End Mac
Has anyone seen a rise in Apple market share in the last few years? I suspect that misconceptions regarding Apple are holding them back.


TMac Gamers, Start Your Engines
by Peter Cohen, MacCentral
For years, fans of open-wheel auto racing were forced to seek out PCs or game consoles when they wanted to fulfill their need for speed. But open-wheel racing has finally come to the Mac, thanks to a Formula One simulator that's a blast to play even though it's a few years behind the times.

Pocket Tanks
by Zack Lipowski, Inside Mac Games
PT has hours upon hours of replay ability thanks to the dozens of weapons, and the CPU provides more than enough challenge to keep you on your toes.

Making The Switch: Virtual OSes Ease Software Compatibility Issues
by Emru Townsend,
The classic problem faced when switching to the Macintosh—for that matter, to any "alternative" platform—had been the issue of working with existing data.


Wednesday, April 16, 2003
by Heng-Cheong Leong

I THINK I'VE FIGURED IT OUT : I want an RSS news aggregator that runs on a server, with a rich client on both Windows and Mac OS X that stores preferences and history on the server. And a web interface too, if I'm stuck at an Internet cafe.

Pretty please? :-)


Why Pocket PC Isn't WinCE - Microsoft
by Tony Smith, The Register
When is Windows CE not Windows CE? When it's part of Pocket PC, it seems.

Microsoft Weighs Challenges Ahead
by Peter Galli, eWeek
Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday gave an assessment of the challenges it faces, including the threat posed by Linux and open-source software.

MS Relieves Patching 'Pain Point'
by John Leyden, The Register
Microsoft yesterday outlined plans to simplify patch management, which even Redmond admits has been a long-term "pain point" for its customers.

Microsoft Is Crawling Toward Trustworthy Code - Experts
by Ashlee Vance, The Register
A panel of security experts have faith in Microsoft's ability to produce trusted code. The problem is that they think it will take Redmond a decade to learn how to do it.

Manufacturers Try Out Tiny Tablets
by John G. Spooner, CNET
The shape is shifting for tablet PCs as manufacturers test computer buyers' tolerance for offbeat designs.

Corel Debuts New WordPerfect
by David Becker, CNET
Corel will begin selling the new version of its WordPerfect office software Wednesday, but analysts don't expect the package to make much headway against Microsoft Office.

Intel Beats Wall Street Estimates
by John G. Spooner, CNET
Intel on Tuesday reported a first-quarter profit that beat analyst expectations by 2 cents in an otherwise flat quarter.

Microsoft Beats Earnings Expectations
by Joe Wilcox, CNET
Microsoft beat Wall Street expectations Tuesday, chugging ahead despite a weak economy and slow technology spending.

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